[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town of Wells 4-28-2006. Amendments noted where applicable.]
The State Legislature has authorized municipalities to designate areas of the Town frequented by minors as "safe zones" as defined by 17-A M.R.S.A. § 1101(23). This chapter expresses the Town's intent to designate each of the areas identified herein as being an area frequented by minors that should be a drug-free safe zone. The Town does so with the understanding and intent that persons convicted of certain drug offenses will face more severe penalties under state law if the offense occurs within 1,000 feet of real property designated as a "safe zone" under this Ordinance.
Each area designated herein as a safe zone is an athletic field, park, playground or recreational facility consistent with the statutory definition of "safe zone" in 17-A M.R.S.A. § 1101(23). The following are designated as "Safe Zones" in the Town of Wells:
Each Safe Zone designated in § 104-2 shall be conspicuously marked as a Town of Wells Drug-Free Safe Zone with an informational sign using wording provided by the Commissioner of Public Safety. The Wells Police Department shall be responsible for ensuring that appropriate signage is placed and maintained in the designated safe zones.